- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Democrats are about to close the window on suggestions for a new name for the party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Many state Democratic parties are considering ending their association with Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson because of the former presidents’ ties to slavery.

Spokesmen for Maine Democrats say the party says is “indebted” to the two men, but their legacies “are complex” and it’s time for a change.

The annual dinner is the party’s largest yearly fundraiser. The deadline to submit recommendations for a new name is Sept. 4. A vote on the most popular suggestions will follow. The vote will begin Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. and end Sept. 8 at midnight.

The party says it wants new name suggestions to honor a Maine or national Democrat.



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